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Approach to AestheticsCollected Papers on Philosophical Aesthetics$
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Frank Sibley, John Benson, Betty Redfern, and Jeremy Roxbee Cox

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198238997

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198238991.001.0001

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Making Music Our Own

Making Music Our Own

(p.142) 11 Making Music Our Own
Approach to Aesthetics

Frank Sibley

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Chapter 11 is about descriptions, particularly figurative ones, and their relevance to, the understanding and interpretation of music. Drawing on certain common descriptions by musicians and critics, Sibley questions the coherence of certain purist positions and of the notion of understanding or experiencing ‘in purely musical terms’. He further explores the possibility that an important element in the proper interpretation of music is covertly extra-musical, and argues that extra-musical phenomena are not merely peripheral except to programme music.

Keywords:   descriptions, Frank Sibley, interpretation, music

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